Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

Cheney to speak at Portman event

        WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at a fund-raiser this month in Cincinnati for the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Portman of Terrace Park.

        Invitations for the Jan. 25 event at the Aronoff Center went out last week.

        Mr. Portman, chairman of the House Republican leadership and a liaison with the White House, does not yet have a challenger this year.

        He has had a friendship with Mr. Cheney since both served in the first President Bush's administration, Mr. Portman as counsel and Mr. Cheney as defense secretary.

        Mr. Portman helped Mr. Cheney prepare for a vice presidential debate during the 2000 election, playing the role of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., in practice sessions. The congressman was also with Mr. Cheney in Austin, Texas, watching the dramatic returns on election night.

Luken urges adults to mentor youth

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken recognized those who mentor the city's youth Tuesday, proclaiming Cincinnati “The City that Mentors.”

        Surrounded by schoolchildren in a City Hall conference room, Mr. Luken urged Cincinnatians to get involved one-on-one with city youth through organizations such as the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

        Mentoring groups are embarking on a national campaign in January to recruit thousands of new mentors.

Mayor gives blood as part of donor drive

        As part of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, Mayor Charlie Luken donated blood Tuesday and was expected to sign a proclamation today encouraging Cincinnati residents to give.

        While Hoxworth Blood Center, the Tristate's leading blood bank, enjoyed a surge of donors after the Sept. 11 attacks, blood is perishable and supplies must constantly be replenished. The surge of donations since Sept. 11 has tailed off, Hoxworth spokesman Michael Anderson said.

        The blood bank hopes to increase the numbers of people who give three or four times a year. For information on how to give blood, call 451-0910.

Transportation chief top choice for D.C. job

        Cincinnati Transportation Director John Deatrick confirmed on Tuesday he is the top candidate for the position of chief engineer for the District of Columbia.

        Mr. Deatrick, who oversaw the $328 million renovation of Fort Washington Way, said he and Washington city officials are still negotiating terms, and that he has yet to make up his mind about leaving. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a resident of the city since 1963, taking his current position in November 1999.

        Mr. Deatrick said the new position could put him in control of several major renovation and development projects in Washington.

        He earns $107,000 annually as transportation director.

Suspect robs Firstar branch in Clermont

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Greater Cincinnati's string of bank robberies continued into 2002 Tuesday morning as a man held up the Firstar Bank at 968 Old Ohio 74 in Clermont County.

        There were no injuries. The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

        The man walked into the bank just after 11 a.m., displayed a handgun and demanded cash. He escaped in a car parked in front of the bank. Police searched the area, but were not able to track him.

        The man is white in his mid-20s with a medium build. He was wearing a blue knit hat, dark coat, black wig, false moustache and sunglasses. The suspect fled in a gray Pontiac Grand Am with a Kentucky license plate.

Africa measles deaths focus of Red Cross

        Officials from the American Red Cross will visit Cincinnati today to promote a new five-year effort to battle measles deaths in Africa.

        In the United States, widely available vaccine for measles has controlled the once-common childhood killer. In Africa, where the vaccine is far less common, more than 500,000 children are expected to die this year from the disease, Red Cross officials predict.

        The American Red Cross Measles Partnership, a coalition of international health organizations, plans to launch mass vaccination programs in nine African nations.

        “It only costs 80 cents per vaccination to help the most vulnerable segment of the world's population,” said Vincent Costello, director of international services for the Cincinnati Red Cross chapter.

        For information, call 579-3067.

Harrison student critical after crash

        HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Harrison High School senior was in critical condition Tuesday at University Hospital after being injured in a one-car crash on his way to school.

        Richard C. Brooksbank, 17, of Harrison was alone when the accident happened just after 8 a.m. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said Richard was driving a 1989 Mitsubishi Eclipse east on Carolina Trace Road at Marvin Road when he went off the left side and struck a large tree.

        He was not wearing a seat belt and weather conditions were not a factor, Mr. Barnett said.

Businessman faces prison in tax case

        A Cincinnati businessman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges of tax evasion and filing false financial statements.

        IRS officials said David L. Ingram was charged because he misled agents who were trying to resolve a dispute involving $47,000 in back taxes.

        Mr. Ingram offered to pay $4,000 of the money he owed, claiming he could not afford to pay more. But IRS officials said they later discovered that he had concealed his assets in bank accounts controlled by his company, DIMM Inc.

        Cromwell Handy, agent in charge of the IRS in Cincinnati, said the IRS then sought criminal charges against Mr. Ingram.

        He said Mr. Ingram pleaded guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court.

Police identify victim of fatal shooting

        Police on Tuesday identified the man who was shot and killed Monday evening on Race Street in Over-the-Rhine.

        Willie S. Gulley, 18, of the 2500 block of Flannigan Court, Mount Airy, was found in the hallway of an apartment building in the 1800 block of Race when officers responded to a report of shots fired about 6:05 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        Homicide investigators are seeking two suspects who were seen fleeing the hallway.

        Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department's homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers may remain anonymous.


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